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3 Smart Things To Do After A Car Accident

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After you have been involved in a car accident, you need to be smart about your next moves. The moves that you take will determine if in the future you get the settlement that you deserve to compensate you for your injuries. 

Make Sure the Police Respond

It doesn't matter if the accident seems really serious or very minor, you want to make sure that a police report is filed about the accident. If you have a phone, call the police and let them know about the accident. Do not leave the scene of the accident until the police respond. You don't want to be accused of fleeing the scene of an accident. Getting a police report can also help you if you decide to pursue legal action. It will help establish what happened and can be used to confirm your version of events. Having the police respond to the accident not only protects you from criminal charges, it can be helpful if you pursue legal action.

Get Medical Assistance

Second, it is smart to get medical assistance after you have been in an accident. If you are seriously injured, you should take an ambulance to the hospital. Even if you don't think that you require immediate care, you should still stop by your local urgent care or doctor's office for a check-up. If you develop symptoms later on, which is common with soft tissue injuries, be sure to follow up with your doctor so that your medical condition is documented as connected to your accident. 

When it comes to getting help and compensation for your injuries, you need to have outside documentation of your condition that goes beyond your own words. Videos and photos of any injury that you sustained are great, as is a record of all treatment that you receive for your injuries. You don't want to just get medical assistance, you want to document the medical assistance that you get. 

Be Careful With Your Words

Finally, make sure that you are careful with your words. After the accident, don't ever say to anyone that the accident was your fault. Don't say sorry for the accident or indicate that you are responsible in any way to the police, the other driver, or any insurance adjustors. Stick to the facts of what happened when talking to the police, stick to sharing your contact information with the other driver, and work with your car accident attorney when talking to the insurance adjustor. 

After a car accident, make sure that the police respond to the scene of the accident. Always get medical help and assistance following a car accident. Be careful with your words and don't ever admit to or take responsibility for the accident.